Friday, February 4, 2011

South Buffalo reporter attacked in Egypt

This South Buffalo reporter for ABC News says he was carjacked and threatened with decapitation. Brian Hartman says the last time he encountered such violence was when he covered the Cazenovia Carnival back in 2007...

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- Brian Hartman, a South Buffalo Native and Reporter for ABC News, narrowly escaped a frightening carjacking in Egypt, during which his captors threatened to behead him. According to ABC News, Reporter Brian Hartman, cameraman Akram Abi-Hartman, and two other ABC News employees were surrounded on a crowded road that leads from Cairo's airport to the city's downtown area. 2 On Your Side spoke to Hartman by phone. "I've been in some very hairy situations, but it was probably the most terrifying thing I've been through," said Hartman, who graduated from Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and attended Buffalo State College.

The crew was saved when an Arab-American cameraman accompanying Hartman kissed the cheeks of the mob elder. (Coincidentally, the same thing most South Buffalo residents do before they get their politically appointed jobs.) Hartman says he's going to stay in Egypt to cover the revolution before returning to Seneca Street, where he can quite possibly be carjacked by someone he knows by name. | Buffalo, NY | ABC News Reporter Brian Hartman Escapes Threatened Beheading in Egypt

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